It’s our experience that people who are into bluegrass music don’t ‘like’ it ... they LOVE it. Since 2003, we‘ve had nearly 280 people submit their stories: adults and youngsters; CBA members and nationally-known artists alike.

From listening to the Opry on a crystal radio to being given a cassette while in the military; from being turned on to Bill Monroe by a college roommate to accidently walking into a pizza joint where a jam was in progress. Some stories are funny, some are touching, and some are downright amazing.

So, please browse through our "Hooked on Bluegrass" story gallery. For newer members, it's an efficient way to acquaint yourself with a whole lot of people at once.


Each post is meant to tell the unique story of how an individual came to be involved in music, whether as a fan or as a musician. Feel free to tell us about your authorship, band, etc., but remember that the goal is to describe your journey.

Please Include Paragraph Breaks. Long blocks of text are difficult to read. Please include a small photo, too. To share your story, send it to If you'd prefer a banner proclaiming "Hooked On Old-Time" (or "Gospel" or "Folk" or whatever), let us know, as bluegrass is the default.

Nearly all these stories were originally presented on the CBA home page. Everything originally posted between February 2005 and May 2013 is now accessible. There are about thirty stories currently waiting to be added. (See my 6/8/2014 post on the Message Board for more details.)

--Allan French, "HOB" Story Archivist

Adam Steffey Aimee Anderson
Aissa "AJ" Lee Alan Bartram
Alan Bibey Alan Shank
Alex "The Dog" Cornish Alice Gerrard
Allan French Allen Light
Andy Alexis Andy Falco
Andy Gates Andy Hall
Angelica Grim Austin McGregor
Banjer Dan Barb McDonald
Bert Daniel Beth Weil
Betsy Riger Bill Chapman
Bill Clifton Bill Downs
Bill Evans Bill Meiners
Bill Rogers Bill Schneiderman
Billy McBee Bob Thomas
Bradley Walker Brenda Hough
Brian McNeal Brooks Judd
Bruce Campbell Carl Abbott - 2005 version
Carl Abbott - 2007 version Caroline Disney
Carolyn Faubel Chris Carney
Chris Jones Chris Stapleton
Chris Stuart Chuck Poling
Claire Lynch Cliff Compton
Cliff Wagner Craig Wilson
Daisy Anderson Dale Ann Bradley
Dan "BanjerDan" Mazer Dan Bernstein
Dan Booth Dan Hays
Dan Tyminski Darby Brandli
Darrin Vincent Dave Earl
Dave Guarente Dave Nielsen
Dave Walker Dave Williams
David Lange David Naiditch
David Porter David Rainwater
David Thom Deb Livermore
Debra Ferguson Del Williams
Diana Donnelly Dick Clark
Dick Todd Dick Woodrich
Dirk Powell Dix Bruce
Don Rigsby Doyle Lawson
Duane Campbell e e cummings
Ed Baker Eddie Adcock
Eric Gibson Eric Thompson
Eric Uglum Esther House
Ethan Anderson Frank Solivan II
Frank Wakefield Gail Reese
Gary Ferguson Geff Crawford
Gene Bach Geoff Sargent
George Ireton Grant Garland
Grant Johnston Greg Cahill
Hailey Pexton Harold Spens
Henry Kaiser Herb Pedersen
Hilary "Nell Robinson" Perkins Hunter Berry
Ian Gilmore Ingrid Noyes
Ivan Rosenberg Jack Brose
Jack Pierce Jack Tuttle
Jami Lampkins Jamie Dailey
Jane Goodall Janet Beazley
Janice Young Jason Burleson
Jason Carter JD Rhynes
Jeanie Ramos Jens Koch
Jim Chayka Jim Hurst
Jim Roe Jim VanCleve
Jimmy Sunnebrandt Jo Ellen Doering - 2008 version
Jo Ellen Doering - 2009 version John Cherry
John Duncan John Erwin
John Gwinner John Hettinger
John Karsemeyer John McKelvy
John Reischman Jon Schaffer
Jonathan Bluemel Julia Child
Julio Boysenberry Junior Sisk
Kathy Kirkpatrick Keith Irwin
Kelly Crocker Kelvin Gregory
Ken Irwin Ken Reynolds
Ken Seaman Kenny Blacklock
Kim Elking Kip Martin
Kipper Stitt Kristin Scott Benson
Kyle Abbott Larry "The Thin Man" White
Larry Baker Larry Carlin
Larry Cohea Larry Cordle
Larry Kuhn Larry Stephenson
Laurie Lewis Layne Bowen
Leigh Gibson LeRoy "Mack" McNees
Leslie Abbott - 2007 version Leslie Abbott - 2009 version
Lisa Berman Lisa Burns
Lou Reid Lynn Quinones
Marcos Alvira Mark Anderson - "Monroe Crossing" band
Mark Newton Mark Twain
Mark Varner Martha Adcock
Marty Varner Mary Curtin
Mary Kennedy Mary Tilden
Mary Yeomans Masha Goodman Crawford
Matt Coleman Matt Milan
Michael Cleveland Michael Witcher
Michelle Niixon Mike Brooks
Mike Fleming Mike McKinley
Mike Nadolson Mildred Criswell
Missy Raines Molly Tuttle
Montie Elston - 2009 version Montie Elston - 2013 version
Nick Dumas Nikita Khrushchev
Paige Anderson Pat Calhoun
Patricia Simmons Paul Knight
Paul Sato Pete Goble
Pete Hicks Peter Barnato
Peter Salovey Phil Campbell
Phil Cornish Ran Bush
Randy Allen Randy Morton
Randy Pitts Randy Shelton
Randy Wiesendanger Regina Bartlett
Rhonda Vincent Rich Evans
Rich Ferguson Richard Bailey
Rick Cornish Rick Jamison
Rick Lampkins Riley Baugus
Rita Hosking Rob Ickes
Rob McCoury Roger Siminoff
Ron Spears Ronald Colman
Ronnie McCoury Rosanna Young
Ross McDonald Salvatore Trafficante, Jr
Scott Gates Shawn Lane
Snap Jackson Steve Gulley
Steve Hall Steve Johnson
Steve Tilden Ted Silverman
Teresa "Jokey" Michel Terrie Lampkins
Tim Mautz Tim Mullins
Tim Stafford Tina Louise Barr
Tobias Strömberg Todd Phillips
Tom Bekeny Tom Diamant
Tom Manuel Tom Rozum
Tom Sours Tom Thorpe
Tom Tworek Topher Gayle
Trevor Smith Victor Dowdy
Walt Crider Warren Hellman
Wayne Grabowski Wayne Taylor - "Blue Highway" band
Wayne Taylor - US Navy Band William Nadauld

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